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St. Michael’s is an Episcopal Church in the Catholic tradition. What does this mean? It means that our worship is focused on the presence of God made available through the sacramental life of Christ in our midst. Chiefly, we understand this to be through Holy Baptism and Eucharist, and our worship is deliberately eucharistic and modestly formal without being “stuffy” or “inaccessible.”
WHAT TO WEAR
Come as you are, mindful that you are entering a house of prayer. We ask that you are respectful of entering God’s house, removing your hats (men) and gloves (when receiving Eucharist), but entering the church has more to do with reverence than it does with the clothes on your back. All are welcome, as you are. In Saint Michael’s you will find people dressed to the 9’s, as it were, and you will find shorts and sandals, even in winter.
CHILDREN IN WORSHIP
Children are a vital part of our life as a church. In Saint Michael’s, it has become our habit to involve children as regular participants in the liturgy. Children are welcome in all services of worship. We simply ask that parents help their children maintain a modestly quiet presence, knowing that children make noise from time to time. They are no less welcome, and there are many parents nearby to help as families may desire.
WHEN TO ARRIVE
Our service of worship begins on time at 8:00 and 10:00am . We ask that you arrive a least a few minutes before the beginning of the service, so that you can find your seat before the start of worship. If you arrive late, don’t let that deter you from coming inside. We’ll leave the door open for you, but please enter quietly, as people may be trying to listen to the readings or sermon.
There is plenty of parking on Main Street and in the rear of the church in our parking lot. If you require handicap accessibility, this is best available from the parking lot where you will find a lift that will take you to all floors of the church building.
St. Michael's is currently engaged in a clergy transition.
Our Rector was called to a position in another state and the Vestry has formed a Search Committee to work with the Diocesan Office of Transition Ministry to identify candidates.
In the interim, the Parish Office ( open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 585-243-1220 ) OR http://www.StMikesGeneseo.org) can handle routine requests. In the case of an emergency, please contact Senior Warden Stephen Kelley at 585-721-6232 or Junior Warden Andrea Milgate at 585-613-1435.
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